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13 Of The World’s Hardest Tongue Twisters That Almost No One Can Say Without Stumbling

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

I am not great when it comes to speaking, even just in a normal conversation — especially after I’ve spent all day in front of my computer trying to remember all the words I’ve ever known for whatever story I’m working on at the time.

So obviously, I’ve never been great when it comes to the particularly tough tongue twisters I’ve been challenged with over the years. I still remember the first time I tried to tackle the tale about a young lady named Susie who happened to own her own seashell retail business by the shore and stumbling over every phrase as a little kid. As I’ve grown older, that has only gotten worse.

So, I’m sure you can imagine how poorly I did on the super tough examples listed below!

Scroll through each one to test your own oratory skills, and be sure to go all the way to the bottom to see why #13 was deemed by the Guinness World Record officials as the most difficult twister of them all.

Let us know how you did in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your friends!

[H/T: American Folklore]

1.

1.

“If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.”

2.

2.

“Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?”

3.

3.

“Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons — balancing them badly.”

4.

4.

“Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.”

5.

5.

“How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?”

6.

6.

“Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.”

7.

7.

“Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.”

8.

8.

“Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.”

9.

9.

“I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.”

10.

10.

“Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.”

11.

11.

“Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.”

12.

12.

“The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.”

13.

13.

“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

Were you able to get through all of them without stumbling? Let us know below and be sure to SHARE with your friends!